You have heard about the Grandparents Scam. You may have even received a call claiming that a grandchild or other relative is in some sort of trouble and needs money right away to get out of it.
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been warning consumers about a new twist to this scam. You receive a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild or young relative. They talk to you for a short time then hand you over to their “attorney” who tells you to pay cash for bail inside a magazine that turns out to be an empty house with an unattended mailbox.
· Never send cash through the mail.
· Contact your loved one separately before sending any money.
· Report the incident to the Sheriff’s Office via the non-emergency number (425) 407-3999 and to the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1.